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Delhi is the capitol of India. It has 9 million inhabitants and it is the third biggest Indian city. Delhi has two parts - New Delhi, which was the capital of Muslim kings and New Delhi, which was built by British.

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3 times bigger image in new window New Delhi is considered to be a place where Indraprastha (a capitol of Pandavas) was located 5000 years ago. It is very old city and Indraprastha was about 3 km south from New Delhi.
3 times bigger image in new window The Yamuna river used to flow here at that time, but now the riverbed is more to the south. Foreign invaders many times attacked Delhi. It was the capitol of Muslim Mogul rulers. British moved their capitol from Calcutta in 1931.
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Red fort (Lal-qila)
This immense fort was built by Sah Jahan. Aurangzeb was ruling here.

At Dasasvamedha-ghat, king Yudhisthir is said to perform asvamedha-yajna (the horse sacrifice) after the battle on Kuruksetra.

3 times bigger image in new window Purana-qila or „Old fort” is one of the oldest monuments in Delhi. In 16-th century it was rebuilt by emperor Humyun and Afghan king Ser Sah Suri.
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Indraprastha, Purana-qila.

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Laksmi-Narayan Temple
It was built by Raj Baldeo Birla in 1938. It is very popular temple in whole Delhi.

3 times bigger image in new window While traveling India one can see many similar sights and Delhi is not an exception.
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ISKCON temple was finished in 1996.

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In the temple there are nice dioramas (sculptures with paintings) illustrating basic points from Vedic philosophy.

This form of explaining Vedic philosophy was preferred by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati and Srila Prabhupada continued in this tradition.

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One of the nicest diorama exhibitions is in Detroit, sponsored by Prabhupada's disciple Ambarish das (descendant of famous Henry Ford).

In India there are plenty of cheap skillful artists and dioramas are not so expensive. This is one of the reasons why the diorama in Delhi is so nice.

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3 times bigger image in new window Deities in the temple are Sri Sri Radha Partha-sarathi. "Partha" is "the son of Pritha" or Arjuna and "Partha-sarathi" is the name of Krishna who agreed to became Arjuna's chariot driver during the battle of Kruruksetra. Some gaudiya-vaishnavas consider combination of Radharani (Krishna's consort from Vrindavana) and Krishna as a king in Dvaraka (Partha-sarathi) to be improper (rasa-bhasa)...
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Radharani never leaves Vrindavan and Krishna's consorts in Dvaraka are His queens like Rukmini. Combination of Ruknimi and Dvarakadish is undoubtedly proper, but Radha Partha-sarathi is a subject to different opinions among gaudiya-vaishnavas.

Similar case happened in America. Devotees wanted Deities to be named Radha Dvaraka-ishvara (Krishna as the Lord of Dvaraka).

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Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai.

Srila Prabhupada on the left, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati on the right.

3 times bigger image in new window Siva and Parvati in another temple in Delhi.
3 times bigger image in new window Hanuman.
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Near Delhi one could see a simple arrangement for production of gour. Gour is a raw sugar made from sugar cane.

3 times bigger image in new window Grounded sugar cane is cooked down into golden hue gour.
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Gour is healthier then refined sugar, but it doesn't last that long. That is why it is often transported to sugar refinery for further processing.

It is better to cook gour in a little water before eating.

3 times bigger image in new window Motor-riksha is a cheaper version of Indian taxi. Even cheaper is bicycle-riksha and sometimes one can see even running riksha-vallas on the street of Delhi.

Pictures for this section are from Radha-ramana das and Pavan-suta das.
We would like to thank them very much for their kind contribution.

 

Published:
January 2002
 
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ashok samal
2014-03-29

Shree Hanuman and Shree Rama bless you with peaceful life.


ashok samal
2014-03-29

JAI SITARAM ?


kritika
2008-08-25

nice work!!!keep it up.....!!!!!


raja
2007-09-01

your are give to the only main place to


Tej Pratap Yadav
2006-06-18

iskcon is home


imo aba
2005-11-04

i love this site please keep on the good work


babu.sahu
2005-05-20

jia hanumna k jia jia sir ram jia ram


RAJIV GOGNA
2004-10-13

HARE KRSNA !! ALL GLORIES TO GURU AND GURANGA !! IT'S GOOD AND HAPPY TO SEE DETAILED INFORMATION IN REGARDS, WISH TO SEE MORE PICTURES AND UPDATES


manoj bang
2004-09-13

Its Very Nice.
Soon Iam Visiting Delhi.
Can U Please Give Me Details.


ATUL KRISHNA DASA
2004-02-06

HARE KRISHNA,
ALL GLORIES TO SHRI GURU AND GAURANGA,
THERE PICTURES ARE BEAUTIFUL... OUT OF THIS WORLD... I REALLY APPRECIATE THE EFFORT OF WEB SITE UPDATERS FOR SUCH A FANTASTIC JOB. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE NEW PICTURES OF FESTIVALS ON THIS WEBSITE.
HARE KRISHNA
YOUR SERVENT,
ATUL KRISHNA DASA (INDIA)

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